Airbus, EFW, ST launch A320/A321 conversions

Airbus, Elbe Flugzeugwerke GmbH (EFW) and Singapore Technologies Aerospace Ltd (ST Aerospace) have signed agreements for a collaboration to launch the A320/A321 passenger-tofreighter (P2F) conversion programme.


Airbus, Elbe Flugzeugwerke GmbH (EFW) and Singapore Technologies Aerospace Ltd (ST Aerospace) have signed agreements for a collaboration to launch the A320/A321 passenger-tofreighter (P2F) conversion programme.

Under the agreements, ST Aerospace will lead the A320/A321P2F engineering development, working in tandem with Airbus and EFW, with conversions to be undertaken in EFW and in ST Aerospace’s global network of facilities.

This follows a similar collaboration for the A330P2F conversion programme launched in 2013.

“As a centre of excellence for freighter conversions, with strong engineering capabilities across multiple aircraft platforms, this new collaboration will extend our conversion portfolio and enhance our value-added proposition to customers worldwide,” said Lim Serh Ghee, president of ST Aerospace. “The A320P2F and A321P2F will be excellent workhorses, which would offer aircraft operators great value and efficiency.”

“The launch of the A320/A321P2F programme is very good news for EFW and the airfreight cargo market. We are convinced of the significant market potential for our product,” said Andreas Sperl, president and CEO of EFW.

“Beginning with the A321P2F variant, we will be the only one to offer our customers a reliable OEM conversion solution with conversion facilities in Asia, Europe and the US.”

The A320/A321P2F programme includes two versions – the A320P2F and the larger A321P2F. The unique fuselage design of the A320 and A321 allows bulk cargo or containerised freight to be carried in belly holds, delivering more loading flexibility. The A320P2F with eleven main-deck positions will be capable of carrying 21 tonnes of payload over 2,100nm, while the A321P2F with 14 main-deck positions will be able to carry up to 27 tonnes over 1,900nm.